Barbara Maizie Steps Down As Long Time Executive Director of Contra Costa Arc

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News Stuns and Saddens Friends, Workers, Advocates and Policymakers Across California –

SACRAMENTO, CA  – Barbara Maizie, a long time, widely respected, and loved leader for people with developmental and other disabilities, stepped down last week as executive director of Contra Costa ARC, following a recent diagnosis of inoperable cancer of the brain.

The news stunned, shocked, devastated and saddened the people with developmental disabilities and their families that Contra Costa ARC serves, the employees, friends, disability advocates, regional center staff, State and local policymakers across California.

Maizie had been a constant presence and strong and outspoken leader in policymaking at both the local and State levels, including budget hearings, stakeholder meetings and task forces, rallies and protests stretching back two decades and more.

The announcement was made in a one page letter, dated July 14, 2016, by John Rumsey, Board President of Contra Costa ARC to the staff and to the people and families the community-based agency serves in the east bay area. He provided assurances in his letter that a team of senior management staff is taking over Maizie’s day to day responsibilities and that there would be no interruption in any of the services and supports that Contra Costa ARC provides.

With friends, staff and advocates who know Maizie reeling from the stunning news, Rumsey offered some comfort in his letter, urging people to “…take a moment to absorb what is happening to us as a family and remember what a strong-hearted, kind, insightful leader and friend we have always had in her. She is our legacy.”

Knowing there is and will be an enormous outpouring of support, prayers and wishes for MaizIe, Rumsey said in his letter that “…it is Barbara’s and her family’s wish that her privacy be protected during the time left to her, thus she is not accepting visitors. Your understanding is appreciated. If you’d like to send a card (mark envelope “personal and confidential”), please address it to:

Barbara Maizie and Family
c/o Contra Costa ARC
1340 Arnold Circle Suite 127
Martinez, CA 94553

Text of Letter by Contra Costa Arc Board President on Maize

CONTRA COSTA ARC
1340 Arnold Drive Suite 127 Martinez, CA 94553 Phone 925-370-1818

July 14, 2016

Dear Contra Costa ARC Staff Families and Friends,

A difficult day has arrived for all of us at Contra Costa ARC. We regret to inform you that the time has come to say goodbye to Barbara Maizie, our mentor and leader for so many years. Barbara has recently been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the brain. This shocking and saddening news means that she is unable to continue in her role as Executive Director of Contra Costa ARC.

As Board President I have authorized a team of long-term, capable staff to fulfill the responsibilities required in the operation of our organization. The team will consist of Division Directors Carol McCrary, Betty Jo DuBois, and our Human Resources Director Mieke van Rensburg, familiar faces to us all. We can trust in them to keep our agency thriving.

During the interim, please rest assured that we will continue to operate with the same strength and purpose that Barbara has always maintained and our program services will continue uninterrupted. Our Board of Directors will be heading up a search for a new Executive Director in the coming months, though we all know we cannot really replace Barbara Maizie.

In closing, it is Barbara’s and her family’s wish that her privacy be protected during the time left to her, thus she is not accepting visitors. Your understanding is appreciated. If you’d like to send a card, please address to:

Barbara Maizie and Family
c/o Contra Costa ARC
1340 Arnold Drive, Suite 127
Martinez, CA 94553
Please mark envelope “personal and confidential”.

Let’s take a moment to absorb what is happening to us as a family and remember what a strong-hearted, kind, insightful leader and friend we have always had in her. She is our legacy.

Best regards,
[signed]
John Rumsey
Board President

07.28.2016

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